“Living in Place” refers to the ability to continue living in one’s own home as you age. It requires incorporating universal design principles during the original construction or later modification of their home.
The universal design elements must be accessible, convenient, and usable. They also make the home a pleasure to live in for its primary resident and any other family members who live there. When our living spaces are comfortable, regardless of our age and ability, quality of life automatically improves.
Living in Place means…
- Remaining in your home and community.
- Living a full life with quality and independence.
- Regardless of income, age, or ability level.
Until now, the challenges associated with Aging in Place have been addressed by altering or designing for greater safety, accessibility, and functionality. This is certainly foundational for seniors to stay at home. But it’s only one part of the solution.
For older adults to maintain quality of life with independence and autonomy, so much more needs to be considered.
Our ability to live autonomous lives becomes compromised for older people when:
- The need for assistance with daily life and everyday activities increases.
- Accessibility to transportation is less available.
- Companionship diminishes.
- And living with purpose becomes elusive.